I expect the Cius will become a collector’s item, along with the HP TouchPad and the RIM PlayBook
Cisco announced the details in advance of an event Wednesday at which some initial users and partners were expected to discuss their plans. Medical institutions were prominent on the agenda, including Nottingham University Hospitals in the U.K. and Palomar Pomerado Health, north of San Diego. Doctors and nurses have been widely discussed as potential tablet users–particularly for devices like Cius that have been promoted as having beefed-up security, a concern for institutions that must safeguard confidential patient records.
Perhaps Cisco’s biggest challenge is that iPads, though not particularly designed for such customers, are being used for work purposes by many employees and directly purchased by companies. Apple said in April that 75% of Fortune 500 companies are testing or deploying iPad within their enterprises. And, at $499 for an Wi-Fi-only model, Apple offers a lower entry price.